Charles Bukowski: Quotations

Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)

“Find what you love and let it kill you.

Let it drain from you your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you, and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. Falsely yours, Henry Charles Bukowski.”


The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.

Tales of ordinary madness (1967-83)

“An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.”

Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969)

“It began as a mistake.”

Post Office (1971)

“Money is like sex. It seems much more important when you don’t have any…”

Hollywood (1989)